In the recent development of events, Emirates has made the announcement to restore 60 of its double-decker A380s by the end of the year. Emirates is currently the largest consumer of the widebody aircraft Airbus A380 which can come with more than 500 seats. The announcement was made by the chairman as the company expects further growth in the last half of its fiscal year. Previously, Emirates had to ground its 118 superjumbos fleet last year as the pandemic hit the world in an unprecedented turn of events.
Emirates Plans to Grow Further
The announcement came in the media briefing in the ongoing Dubai Airshow which started on Sunday. The chairman and chief executive of Emirates airline and group, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed, told the media that the airline is planning to bring back 60 Airbus A380s to add to its fleet 47 that are currently in operation. The airline previously hit the profits in October because of the surge in travel demand across the globe as the travel restrictions imposed due to covid around the world eased.
Sheikh Ahmed further told that he was optimistic about the airline’s future after the month of October. He even confirmed that Emirates has been ‘positively’ engaging in talks with aircraft manufacturing giant Boeing during the Airshow regarding the supply process of Boeing’s new 777x aircraft.
On the other hand, Emirates has already ordered a fleet of Airbus A350s and Sheikh Ahmed even agreed to the fact that the airline will be looking for all options in the future when asked about acquiring a freighter version of A350s.
Emirates have been quick on their feet ever since the travel restrictions began to ease with a clear focus on restoring passenger network and connections through its hub at Dubai. They came up with new flights to new destinations such as Miami which was added to the list of its destinations in the month of July. During the first half of the financial year 2021-22, Emirates also initiated codeshare agreements and interline partnerships to strengthen its overall network.